In the course of cleaning leaves in my roof garden this week I came across three plants with deformed branching.
1. A tall (8 - 10 ft) Smokebush that had a coupe of branches that became wide (about 2 inches wide) and flattened at the ends. The ends also curled up like a snail. They seemed to have a whitish haze. I cut the whole
plant back to about 4 feet.
2. A Blueberry bush that had a branch growing from the base
that started as a normal branch but immediately became very wide and flat...about 2 to 3 inches wide at the widest and about 3 feet long. It looked very weird.
3. A baby Hawthorne that had a strange rusty looking growth
at the base of a branch that was coming from the center main stem. When I cut it at the junction it was dry and crumbling.
I cut the deformed branches off and thew them away. Now
I wish I had photographed them, but at the time I just wanted to get rid of them.
Any idea what might be causing this deformity?? I've never seen anything like it before.